The final game of the original Halo trilogy will finally be available on PC next week. Yes, Halo 3 is finally arriving on PC via the Halo: The Master Chief Collection next week, not long after the flighting. With this announcement, everyone here at Informed Pixel is excited beyond belief.
If you haven’t played Halo 3 or experienced it when it was released, don’t worry, we’ll help explain its popularity, why it was so successful and why this port is so important for the game. As mentioned, this is the end of the original Halo trilogy that set the First Person Shooter standard on consoles, helped launch the Xbox and Xbox Live and made it a massive success in shaping the future of online gaming.
Now the question is, what did Halo 3 do to top all these major successes? Simple, everything all the previous games did right and add new features leading to one of the accessible fandoms of all time, with some reaching their highest point. The story wraps up the end of the Human Covenant war as you finish the fight, along the end of the space zombies known as The Flood (before Halo Wars 2) and wrapped up the end of the first trilogy.
Now let’s get to the most biggest part of Halo 3, the multiplayer. There was something for everyone, such as two different modes for all playlists, Social and Ranked, meaning there is something for both the casual player and competitive players.
Social Playlist is essentially the game’s casual gamemode, you and a few friends just jumped online, met some strangers and have fun eating pizza together over Xbox Live. The Ranked Playlist is basically the Social Playlist but with a ranking system. This 1-50 ranking system is one we see in many games today, just using another name.
This is not all the multiplayer had to offer, as there is the Custom Games mode, where you customise everything aspect of the game. Weapons you spawn with, the gravity and movement speed of the game, there’s not an aspect of the game you cannot edit and make your own gamemode.
However the customisation is not over as the new addition, as in Forge Mode you edit the maps to whatever you want them to be. This led to the birth of the Forge community who have made some incredible maps and gamemodes with it.
Want to make a paintball gamemode in a maze map? You can do that! Want to make a race map in the sky? You can do that! Want to make the most dangerous bumper cars ever? Yes, you can do that too! The only limitation was your imagination. This makes the game have endless replayability and has three big communities in the games’ fandom. Casuals, competitive and map creation, but there’s one more.
Theater Mode was originally made to allow you to revisit games and capture any moment at any angle you want, so what did this lead to? Video production, which helped grow the popularity of Machinima in the late 2000s leading to some absolutely incredible works, too many to mention.
To keep piling on the content you could even share maps, gamemodes, screenshots and replays with everyone you played online with by having them on your profile via the file share. Now that you have got a sufficient understanding of how big Halo 3 was back in 2007, let’s explain why Halo 3’s new lease on life on PC in Halo: The Master Chief Collection is so important.
Halo 3 has never been on PC in 13 years, meaning if you play only PC games the only Halo games you could play were Halo CE and Halo 2, leaving you without the conclusion of the trilogy. This left PC players on a cliff hanger only for it to exist on a home console with no way to play it on PC. That was until now, so if you never got an Xbox and always wanted to play Halo 3, that time will soon be here.
Halo 3 will be added to the Halo: The Master Chief Collection on July 14th, 2020, with Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 being added later on in the year. Screenshots used taken from the Community Files section of Bungie.net. Informed Pixel does not claim credit for the used screenshots. For more reviews and gaming news you can keep up to date at Informed Pixel. Want to speak to the team and interact with other gamers? You can do so over on the Informed Pixel Facebook page or on the Informed Pixel Twitter account.